Could your medications be making you depressed?

Image copyright Getty Images When you hear of a drug having side-effects you might think of a physical reaction like a rash or a headache. But according to a new US study, many commonly-prescribed drugs may increase the risk of depression. The list includes heart medications, birth control pills and some painkillers – things lots […]

More cuts to care on way – council chiefs

Image copyright Getty Images Vulnerable old and disabled people will see cuts to vital care services and higher charges, council chiefs say. The annual budget survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services shows councils expect to spend £21.4bn this year in England. While this is a rise from £20.8bn last year, the […]

Bottle feeding is a woman’s right, midwives told

Image copyright Science Photo Library If a woman decides not to breastfeed her baby it is her choice and must be respected, midwives are being told. The Royal College of Midwives’ new position statement makes it explicitly clear that women should be supported if, after being given advice, information and support, they opt to bottle […]

Billy Caldwell cannabis oil plea rejected by Home Office

Image caption Billy Caldwell, 12, has severe epilepsy The Home Office has rejected a County Tyrone mother’s plea to legalise cannabis oil for her epileptic son. Charlotte Caldwell accused Home Office minister Nick Hurd of having “likely signed my son’s death warrant”. Ms Caldwell brought cannabis oil from Canada for her son Billy, but it […]

Prostate cancer spit test is trialled

Image copyright BackyardProduction A spit test to detect men at increased risk of prostate cancer has started early trials. The new DNA test looks for high-risk genes that are thought to affect one in every 100 men. Three hundred men are taking part in the trials, from three London GP surgeries. Developing better diagnostic tests […]

New measures to protect doctors after Bawa-Garba case

Image copyright PA Image caption Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba (R) was struck off following an appeal by the doctors’ regulator New measures designed to improve patient safety and protect doctors and nurses when mistakes are made, are to be announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. It comes after concerns were raised following the case of […]

Hospital stays and appointments ‘for essential care only’

Image caption The idea is that de-cluttering hospitals of non-essential care will make access to treatment a lot quicker for patients who really need it Patients should only go to hospital when it is “essential” and more care should be provided in communities or at home, the Welsh Government has said. It is part of […]

Tea towels ‘can cause food poisoning’

Image copyright Getty Images Multi-use of tea towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used for a month. They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping utensils and cleaning […]

NHS staff vote for 6.5% pay deal

Image copyright PA More than one million NHS workers in England will receive a three-year pay deal worth 6.5% after staff voted in favour of the offer. Hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives, radiographers and other NHS staff across England will receive the rise. They should now get the money […]

Birthday Honours 2018: Health workers honoured in NHS 70th year

Image copyright NHS Image caption Prof Sue Hill has been made a dame and Yvonne Coghill director of race equality at the NHS has been given a CBE In the 70th year since the foundation of the NHS, health workers make up one in eight of people recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. More […]